A look into Houston's retail past

When Kid’s Meals came with records

Good morning! This week in demolition, we don’t really have any demolitions. With Winter Store Uri, City of Houston permitting offices were closed most of the week so only 2 new permits were issued. Both small houses with nothing very significant about them. However just because we don’t have a demolition post doesn’t mean we can’t have Monday content! So today I want to show you one of the cooler items in my collection of the “Houston Retail Museum”. This is one of my original Jack in the Box comic and flexi-disc stories. The stories, songs, and voice acting were all written and performed mostly by Paul Winchell, who was already famous for providing the voices to multiple animals in Disney’s version of Winnie the Pooh, including both Tigger and Winnie himself. These were given out during the early 1970s, and there were three total stories. First was “Why a House Makes Noise?” second was “Where Oil Comes From!” Finally, we have “How Pain Helps Us”.

The disc was a flexi-disc which was a thin plastic disc that could be played on a standard record player with the help of a coin to prevent it from slipping. The record not only included Paul Winchell reading and singing, but sound effects, and full musical backing. Why describe it though when you can listen!

A scan of the back cover, the page images are embedded with the video.

Well, what did you think? It was no demolition post, and if you’ve read this far let me know you still want the demo posts because I’m starting to feel they don’t fit well with the otherwise retail theme. (I ain’t no Swamplot.) Anyways, this was quite the production, and not something you’d expect to see in a modern-day kids meal. I’m not from the era this represents. I’m much more familiar with the idea of paying for a cassette and small story book in addition to a kid’s meal. So while it may not blown Marvel and D.C. away this comic wasn’t a bad deal for the value. Don’t forget to complete your Metric lesson before leaving!

Boy I’m sure glad we didn’t get suckered into this Metric nonsense!